Trax on the Trail in the Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Classroom

Document Type

Article - Merrimack Access Only

Publication Title

American Music

Publication Date

Winter 2017

Abstract/ Summary

Founded in 1947 by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a private, selective liberal arts college located about twenty-five miles north of downtown Boston. In response to the school’s increased emphasis on interdisciplinarity (our fields are musicology [Pruett] and political science [Flaherty]), as well as our own shared interest in the topic, we cocreated and cotaught a new course titled Music and Politics. Course topics were based on both instructor and student interests and ranged from issues of censorship, rebellion and revolution, gender, and race to the use of music in political campaigns. We sought to incorporate a wide variety of interdisciplinary resources that included the essays and databases provided on Trax on the Trail; primary and secondary materials